Supports the implementation of Council for a Strong America’s federal and state policy agenda, working closely with the Associate Director and Council for a Strong America federal and state policy teams. Develops and maintains relationships with our organization’s members (including law enforcement, military, business and other leaders) through recruitment, engagement, and member education. A strong candidate will be particularly passionate about finding the most effective and meaningful ways to engage members in order to advocate for our shared policy objectives related to setting kids up for success.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Manage an assigned state portfolio with federal and state policy targets;
- Lead member activations to achieve federal and state policy goals (to include drafting state policy sign-on letters, and state policy-maker meeting talking points, asking members to sign on to letters of support, working with members to publish OpEds or LTEs, working with members to host press conferences, asking members to participate in policymaker meetings, asking members to participate in call alerts);
- Apply data and metrics to promote deeper and wider member engagement. The candidate should have experience or interest in managing member relationships with a CRM (Council for a Strong America uses Salesforce primarily).
- Use data to create segmented lists in order to account for various levels of commitment to the organization and to build our pipeline of champion members
- Participate in decision-making regarding key policymaker targets and advocacy strategies to achieve policy goals;
- Policy research;
- Developing state-specific strategies for member recruitment and engagement in assigned state portfolio (to include the planning of state conferences and swing-throughs);
- Developing materials for state and national conferences, development team requests, development meetings, meetings with allies;
- Aid in the creation of national membership recruitment strategies (including preparing and delivering presentations for member recruitment and education, and executing hosted events);
- Build and maintain relationships with state allies; and
- Coordinate activities with other teams and assisting in the maintenance of team systems.
- Strong commitment to our mission and strategic vision;
- At least two years of experience working in a related field (such as communications industry, policy-oriented setting, education sector, public interest sector);
- Extremely detail oriented and well organized;
- Self-starter and ability to juggle multiple projects at once, and respond rapidly and flexibly to changing priorities, while meeting deadlines;
- Demonstrated ability to be an effective and persuasive communicator, both orally and in writing;
- Able to present sometimes complex information in a coherent, persuasive manner; in a variety of forums;
- Proficient with Google Docs/Word/Excel/PowerPoint ;
- Ability to perform research on legislative and regulatory issues and make recommendations on possible course of action; and
- Passion for issues affecting at-risk kids.
- Substantive expertise in a number of issue areas related to early childhood advocacy; and
- Experience working with law enforcement and/or grasstops leaders and/or with a non-profit.
The associate has no direct staff supervisory responsibilities but may be tasked with managing an intern.
This job operates in a clerical, office setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
This is a largely sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some flexibility in hours is allowed, but the employee must be available during the “core” work hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and must work 40 hours each week to maintain full time status.
Travel will be required from time to time based on opportunities; about 1 - 2 trips every other month for 2 - 3 days.